Really Praise the Lord!

Over and over in today’s Bible reading* the psalmist encourages God’s people to praise the Lord. Why? Because praise is the only appropriate response to God’s Person and provision! So what does “praise” mean? The Hebrew word is the basis for Halleluiah. Actually, Halleluiah literally means, praise the Lord. The word means to boast about…

Wisdom and Self-Control

Several of the proverbs in today’s Bible reading* talk about controlling your tongue and anger. (Proverbs 13:3; 14:16-17; 15:1-2, 4, 18, 28; 16:23-24, 32) Having self-control is a sign of wisdom. It is a fruit of the Spirit’s filling. (Galatians 5:22-23) James warns, “… the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts…

Chosen for Service by Casting Lots

In today’s Bible reading* David appoints Solomon as his successor. Some of the men are chosen by family lineage and some are chosen for specific service in the Temple by casting lots. (1 Chronicles 24:7, 25:9, 26:14) So what is “casting lots”? Casting lots was similar to throwing dice. And people would make decisions based…